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By Barry Swackhamer, August 30, 2011
1. Landmark Landings Marker
Inscription. Along with the South Pond and Lincoln Park Zoo, the landmark buildings of Café Brauer and Carlson Cottage have served Chicago for more than 100 years. Their history parallels the growth of the pond—and the city around it.

Timeless Elegance—Café Brauer

A beautiful example of prairie-style architecture, Café Brauer overlooks the pond’s northwest end. Designed by Dwight Perkins, a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright, the building was built in 1908.

While Café Brauer is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it had fallen into neglect after being closed to the public in the 1930’s. The Lincoln Park Zoological Society led a full restoration in 1987, taking over management and extending its wonders to guests once more.

A Building with Roots—Carlson Cottage

Carlson Cottage has stood by the South Pond since 1888. Designed by architect Joseph Lyman Silsbee, a mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright, the building originally served as a Men’s and Ladies’ Comfort Station—a public restroom.

The building has since become the home of Lincoln Park Zoos’ volunteer gardening program, offering a resting place for rakes, shovels and hoes. It has also been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a Chicago Landmark. A recent
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 30, 2011
2. Landmark Landings Marker
Cafe Brauer in the background.
renovation restored the building’s landmark look, but not the old function. Public restrooms are found elsewhere.
 
Location. 41° 55.151′ N, 87° 37.986′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker can be reached from North Stockton Drive 0.1 miles south of West Dickens Drive. Click for map. This marker is located on a public pathway on the east side of South Pond, opposite Cafe Brauer. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2021 North Stockton Drive, Chicago IL 60614, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Rites of Spring” (a few steps from this marker); Lion House, Lincoln Park Zoo (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kennison Boulder Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hidden Truths (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lincoln Park Transitions (approx. ¼ mile away but has been reported missing); Abandoned Shoreline of Lake Michigan (approx. ¼ mile away); City Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away but has been reported missing); Old Town Triangle (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chicago.
 
Regarding Landmark Landings. Note: August, 2011 – Public restrooms are now available at Carlson Cottage.
 
Also see . . .
1. Cafe Brauer Wikpedia
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 30, 2011
3. Cafe Brauer
. (Submitted on October 3, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Chicago Architecture and Cityscape: Cafe Brauer. (Submitted on October 3, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
3. Chicago Landmarks: Rookery Building: South Pond Refectory and Men's and Ladies' Comfort Station. (Submitted on October 3, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Additional keywords. prairie style
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Cafe Brauer image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 30, 2011
4. Cafe Brauer
Cafe Brauer image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 30, 2011
5. Cafe Brauer
Cafe Brauer plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 30, 2011
6. Cafe Brauer plaque
Lincoln Park Refectory Building, 1908 2021 Stockton Drive National Register of Historic Place State of Illinois and U.S. Department of the Interior
Carlson Cottage image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 30, 2011
7. Carlson Cottage
Also known as the Men's and Ladies' Comfort Station,
Carlson Cottage image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 30, 2011
8. Carlson Cottage
Also known as the Men's and Ladie's Comfort Station.
Carlson Cottage plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 30, 2011
9. Carlson Cottage plaque
1888 Men’s and Ladies’ Comfort Station “Carlson Cottage” Architect: Joseph Lyman Silbee Restored by Lincoln Park Zoo Supported in part by a Save America’s Treasures grant Administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior Additional funding provided by: Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity State Representative Sare Feigenholtz Tawani Foundation The Richard E. Dreihaus Foundadion Restoration Architect: Paul Steinbrecher, AIA InterActive Design, Inc. 2008
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 534 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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